She changed from her wedding dress,
tossed her engagement ring,
slipped into a travel suit,
turned her Mustang toward Hot Springs.

She checked into the cabin
last night at nearly ten
close to the magnificent
Garden of the Pine Wind.

She had waited at the altar
for a groom who never showed.
Her tears barely slacked enough
for her to see the road.

Yet, she determined she would
make the best of this.
She swiped her hand across her lips
and wiped away his kiss.

In a room for honeymooners
occupied by only one,
she awoke to dazzling sunbeams
when the day had just begun.

She went down to the springs
where Native Americans ceased
many battles by the mystic waters
and reconciled in peace.

She wondered about De Soto
who once stopped here to drink
the warm and healing waters
filled to his canteen’s brink.

She bet betrothal money
on thoroughbreds at the track
and tried hard to forget
that handsome Bobby Jack.

Although her heart was breaking,
she would never let him know.
She lit her own peace pipe
down on Bathhouse Row.

She boarded a plane
as soon as it was night.
She cried herself to sleep
on an international flight.

And if Bobby tries to find her,
she knows he never can
in Hot Springs’ Sister City,
Hanamaki (Hot Springs) Japan.

© Freeda Baker Nichols

8 comments on “JILTED

  1. Is there a Chicago, Australia ? Now that’s really puttin’ some distance !


    • lol That might be worth researching! Research is how I found out Hot Springs has a sister city in Japan. My poem had to be about Hot Springs. I don’t know where I got the idea “jilted.” It worked. 🙂


  2. I Wilkerson says:

    How amazing to have a photo perfect for the theme of the poem. Hopefully not from a real jilting!


  3. Dot says:

    Nice poem, Freeda. Is it new? I did not know about “Hot Springs” Japan.


    • Not new. I think it won something at our spring luncheon a few years ago. Subject of contest entry was Hot Springs. So, as I researched, I learned there is a “sister city” to Hot Springs, AR.


  4. vrpruett says:

    How terrible it would be to be jilted. But I like the poem. 🙂


    • I wanted it to be humorous, but it’s really not a humorous subject, unless it’s somewhere in the last verse. Leaves me wondering why he didn’t show up. And he’s sure not going to find her in Japan! Do you think? Lots of possibilities here for a writer to come up with a plot for a short story maybe . . . ??


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